Linux Command Library


print newline, word, and byte counts for each file

- Count lines in file:
wc -l [file]

- Count words in file:
wc -w [file]

- Count characters (bytes) in file:
wc -c [file]

- Count characters in file (taking multi-byte character sets into account):
wc -m [file]

wc [,OPTION/]... [,FILE/]... wc [,OPTION/]... ,--files0-from=F/

Print newline, word, and byte counts for each FILE, and a total line if more than one FILE is specified. A word is a non-zero-length sequence of characters delimited by white space.

With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.

The options below may be used to select which counts are printed, always in the following order: newline, word, character, byte, maximum line length.

-c, --bytes
print the byte counts
-m, --chars
print the character counts
-l, --lines
print the newline counts
read input from the files specified by NUL-terminated names in file F; If F is - then read names from standard input
-L, --max-line-length
print the maximum display width
-w, --words
print the word counts
display this help and exit
output version information and exit

Written by Paul Rubin and David MacKenzie.

GNU coreutils online help: <> Report wc translation bugs to <>

Copyright © 2016 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

Full documentation at: <> or available locally via: info '(coreutils) wc invocation'

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